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November 1, 2023 9:25 PM IST

Education Minister visits IIT Delhi’s campus in Abu Dhabi, reviews construction progress

The Union Education Minister of India, accompanied by a high-level delegation, visited the site of the first international campus of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi) in Abu Dhabi. The visit aimed to assess the progress of the campus’s construction, which is set to bolster India’s presence in the field of technical education and research on the global stage.

The establishment of IIT-Delhi’s campus in Abu Dhabi marks a significant milestone in the institution’s expansion plans. The campus will offer a diverse range of programs, targeting key areas such as computer science, artificial intelligence, energy and sustainability, healthcare, and various research initiatives in its initial phase.

One of the most exciting aspects of IIT-Delhi’s international campus in the UAE is its inclusive approach to admissions. It is set to welcome not only Indian expatriates but also Emiratis and students from all around the world, fostering an environment of global learning and cultural exchange.

During the visit, the Union Education Minister met with Sara Musallam, Chairperson of the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK). Their discussions covered a wide range of topics, including capacity building initiatives, a proposed school student exchange program between the UAE and India, and the opening of a CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) regional office in the UAE. These developments are expected to enhance educational ties between the two nations and offer a unique opportunity for students to experience diverse learning environments.

The visit of the Union Education Minister to the IIT-Delhi campus in Abu Dhabi reflects the growing collaboration and mutual interests in the field of education and research between India and the United Arab Emirates. It is an exciting step forward for the international education landscape, promoting knowledge exchange and technological advancement on a global scale.

The forthcoming IIT branch in Abu Dhabi is poised to enhance the research and innovation landscape within the emirate. This development opens the door to potential partnerships with educational institutions in the vicinity, such as the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), and the Technology Innovation Institute (TII). These collaborations are anticipated to pave the way for comprehensive programs and cutting-edge research endeavors.


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